Virchow Foundation

for Global Health


The Executive Board is responsible for the operational management and the implementation of the strategy of the Virchow Foundation for Global Health. It appoints and supervises the management of the Foundation Secretariat.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christoph Markschies

Chair of the Board

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Christoph Markschies studied Classics, Philosophy and Theology at the Universities of Marburg, Munich and Tübingen and in Jerusalem, 1988 till 1994 Assistant and Lecturer at the University of Tübingen, 1991 PhD, 1994 Habilitation at Tübingen.

Academic and Professional Career

  • Since 2020 President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
  • 2012-2018 Vice-President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
  • 2003-2015 Secretary of the Class of Humanities of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (former Prussian Academy of Sciences)
  • 2013 Senior Fellow Martin Buber Society Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • 2010 Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton
  • 2009/2010 Stewart Visiting Research Scholar in the Humanities Council, Programm of Jewish Studies, University of Princeton
  • 2008/2009, 2013 and 2019 Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Oxford
  • since 2004 Chair of Church History (Ancient Christianity) at the Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2000-2004 Chair of Church History at the Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg
  • 1999/2000, 2005/2006 and 2016/2017 Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • 1998/1999 Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study
  • 1994-2000 Chair of Church History at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

(Corresponding/Foreign) Member of the:

  • European Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Academia Europea
  • Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • German Archeological Institute
  • Academia Ambrosiana Milan
  • Heidelberger Academy of Science
  • Mainzer Academy of Science and Literature

Previous functions in scientific committees

  • 2017 Federal Cross of Merit (1st Class)
  • 2016 Director of Chronoi – Einstein Research Enter Chronoi (on Time and Awareness of Time in Ancient Societies), Berlin
  • 2014 Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Honours and Awarded Memberships

  • 2017 doctor honoris causa of the Pontifical Lateran University – Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum
  • 2011 doctor honoris causa of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo
  • 2010 Salzburg University Prize
  • 2007 doctor honoris causa of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Lucian- Blaga-University Sibiu/Hermannstadt
  • 2001 Leibniz-Award of the German National Research Council
  • 1995 Hanns-Lilje-Award of the Goettingen Academy of Sciences
  • 1980 State’s President’s Price for Young Historians

Prof. Dr. Detlev Ganten

Vice Chair of the Board

Founding President & Chair of the Board of Trustees
World Health Summit

Academic and Professional Career

  • since 2021: Chairman of the Board of Trustees, World Health Summit
  • 2010: Guest Professorship, Collège de France, Paris, France
  • since 2009: Founding President World Health Summit and Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany
  • since 2005: Honorary Chairman of the Board, Charité Foundation, Germany
  • 2004‐2008: Chief Executive Officer, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
  • 2002-2007: National Ethics Council
  • 1997-2001: President, Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers
  • 1997-1998: President, Deutsche Gesellschaft der Naturforscher und Ärzte (GDNÄ)
  • 1992-2008: Professor for Clinical Pharmacology, Free University of Berlin
  • 1991‐2004: Founding Director, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch, Germany
  • 1975-1991: Professor for Pharmacology and Experimental Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1973: Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • 1969‐1973: Research Fellow, Clinical Research Institute, Université de Montreal, Canada
  • 1968: M.D. degree, University of Tübingen, Germany

Project coordination, Membership in collaborative research projects (Selection)

  • since 2011: Board of Trustees, University Paris Sciences Lettres PSL
  • since 2011: Scientific Advisory Board, University Sorbonne Paris Cité
  • 2009-2021: President of the World Health Summit
  • since 2009: Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany
  • since 2009: Scientific Advisory Board, Agence Nationale der Recherche (ANR), Paris, France
  • since 2005: Chairman of the Board, Charité Foundation, Germany
  • 1962‐1968: Medical Studies at the Universities of Würzburg, Montpellier, Tübingen, Germany

Functions in Scientific Societies and Committees (Selection) 

  • since 2013: Co‐Chair, Interacademy Medical Panel (IAMP)
  • 2002‐2007: German National Ethics Council
  • 1997‐2001: President of the Helmholtz‐Association of National Research Centres
  • 1996‐1998: President of the Society of German Scientists and Medicines (GDNÄ)
  • 1993‐1998: Science Council, German Federal Government
  • 1992‐1997: Health Research Council, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • 1990‐1995: President of the World Hypertension League

Honours and Awarded Memberships (Selection)

  • 2017: Honorary doctorate, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • 2016: Honorary doctorate, Charité, Berlin
  • 2003: Légion d’honneur, France
  • 2002: Honorary Professorship, Wuhan University, China
  • 2000: Federal Cross of Merit, Germany
  • 1995: Honorary doctorate, University Iasi, Rumania
  • since 1993: Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 1992: CIBA Award of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, American Heart Association
  • 1990: Max Planck Research Award; Okamoto Award, Japan
  • 1981: Science Award of the German League for Combating High Blood Pressure; Sechenev Medal of the Medical Academy
  • Moscow; Chavez Award of the International Society of Hypertension

Roland Göhde

Executive Member of the Board | CEO

Co-Founder & Member of the Board of Trustees | Göhde Foundation
Chair of the Board | GHA – German Health Alliance

After his studies at the Universities of Münster and Freiburg, Roland Göhde was active at Partec GmbH in Münster as HIV/AIDS Project Coordinator and as Director Essential Healthcare. Göhde became Managing Partner of Partec GmbH Görlitz founded in 2000, later Senior Managing Director of German diagnostics and biotechnology company Sysmex Partec. Since 2014, Roland Göhde is furthermore acting as Chairman of the Board of GHA – German Health Alliance, former German Healthcare Partnership (GHP), an initiative which has been jointly established in 2010 by the German government and BDI – Federation of German Industries.

Activities & Positions

  • Since 2021: Member of the Advisory Board | Institute for Research in International Assistance (IRIA), Akkon University of Applied Sciences for Human Sciences
  • Since 2021: EU Climate Pact Ambassador
  • Since 2020: Member of the Board of Trustees | Neurological Rehabilitation Centre NRZ Godeshöhe Bonn
  • Since 2019: Member of the Advisory Group | UNAIDS Health Innovation Exchange (HIEx)
  • Since 2019: Member of the Steering Committee | Global Health Hub Germany
  • Since 2019: Member of the Board | BDI Committee for Industrial Health Economy
  • Since 2019: Member of the Strategic Board | BDI Initiative Digital Health
  • Since 2018: Chair | Private Sector Advisory Board of GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
  • Since 2017: Member | World Health Summit Council
  • Since 2017: Permanent Guest of the BDI Presidential Board
  • 2016: Initiator of the German Global Health Award, granted for the first time in 2017
  • Since 2014: Chairman of the Board | GHA – German Health Alliance
  • Since 2014: Member of the Board | German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein)
  • Since 2014: Senior Managing Director | Sysmex Partec GmbH
  • 2014: Main initiator of the “German-African Healthcare Forum” and of the multisectoral “Action Group on Ebola”
  • 2012-2016: Founding Member | Saxon Future Commission for Biotechnology & Life Sciences
  • 2012-2014: Founding Member | Advisory Board of the Coordinating Agency for the Free State of Saxony Healthcare Sector
  • 2009-2016: Founding Chairman of the Board | biosaxony – Free State of Saxony Biotechnology & Life Sciences Association
  • 2000-2014: Managing Partner | Partec GmbH

Further Activities
In 2012, Roland Göhde and co-founded the non-profit Göhde Foundation with a specific focus in Africa on essential healthcare, water supply, education and electricity supply, since 2017 with a second area of activities in classical music, especially in the context of supporting children as well as top young talents.

Besides other awards, Roland Göhde received the Innovation Award of the Free State of Saxony in 2003 and the IQ Innovation Award of Central Germany in 2007. At the “1st German Congress of World Market Leaders” in 2011, he was honored with the Young Entrepreneurs Award, granted for the first time by Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG. For his commitment and merits for the biotechnology sector in the Free State of Saxony, Göhde received the “Biosaxony Award” in 2019.

Guests of the Executive Board

Prof. Dr Axel R. Pries

Ex Officio Guest of the Executive Board

President | World Health Summit (WHS)

In 1979 Pries passed his medical examination at the University of Cologne in Germany. In the following year, he received his doctoral degree (summa cum laude). Until 1985, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cologne and then moved to the Institute of Physiology of the Freie Universität Berlin (FU). In 1990, Pries finished his habilitation at the Medical Faculty of Freie Universität Berlin and became Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology in 1995. From 1997 to 1998 Axel Pries was employed as Senior Physician for Anaesthesiology at the German Heart Center Berlin (DHZB). In 1998 he became a Full Professor at the Institute for Physiology of the Freie Universität Berlin; from 2001 to 2015 he was Head of the Institute for Physiology of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin. His major research field include blood rheology, microcirculation, microvascular network analysis, endothelial function, microvascular adaptation and angiogenesis.

Pries was Vice Director at the Centre for Preclinical Medicine of Charité (2008-2015) and Vice Director at the Centre for Cardiovascular Research, CCR, Charité (2009-2013). For thirty years he was also a consultant for NIH grants at the University of Arizona, Tucson with Tim Secomb (1984-2014) which involved yearly visits of approx. one month.

From 2015 to 2022 he was Dean and member of the Executive Board of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. 2003-2015, Prof. Pries was Board Member of the Faculty. From 2018-2020 he served as interim CEO and member of the board of the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) and in parallel as President of the Biomedical Alliance in Europe. With the beginning of the year 2021, he became President of the World Health Summit. Since 2023 he is also Pro Rector of the Danube Private University in Krems / Austria.


Education & professional career 

1979: Medical examination, University of Cologne

2/1980: Doctoral degree (Dr. med., summa cum laude)

1980: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cologne

1985: Research Assistant (C1), Dept. of Physiology, FU

7/1990: Habilitation, Medical Faculty, Freie Universität Berlin (FU)

1991: Lecturer of Physiology (C2), Dept. of Physiology, FU

1995: Associate Professor, Dept. of Physiology, FU

1997-1998: Senior Physician, Anaesthesiology, German Heart Centre Berlin (DHZB)

12/1998: Full Professor, Dept. of Physiology, FU

1984-2014: University of Arizona, Tucson, Consultant for NIH grants with Tim Secomb, (yearly stays of one month at UofA).

2001-2015: Head, Institute of Physiology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

2003-2015: Board Member, Faculty of Medicine, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

2008-2015: Vice Director, Centre for Preclinical Medicine, Charité

2009-2013: Vice Director, Centre for Cardiovascular Research, CCR, Charité

2015-2022: Dean, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

2018-2020: CEO (interim), Berlin Institute of Health (BIH)

2018-2019:  President, Biomedical Alliance in Europe

2021-present: President, World Health Summit

2023-present: Pro Rector, Danube Private University


Honours, Awards & Fellowships

1980: Thesis Award “Hochhausstiftung”, University of Cologne

1986: Abbott Microcirculation Award, European Society for Microcirculation

1995: Lafon Hemorheology-Microcirculation Award, International Society for Clinical Haemorheology

2000: Fellow, European Society of Cardiology

2008: Visiting Fellowship, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge/UK

2008: Award of the Asian Union for Microcirculation

2011: Malpighi Award, European Society for Microcirculation

2015: William Harvey Basic Science Lecture and Silver Medal, European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

2015: Kitanomaru Award, 10th World Conf. for Microcirculation, Kyoto, Japan

2018: Poiseuille Gold Medal, International Society of Biorheology